Tonight, my concerns about bathroom germs were solidified.
In talking with a very experienced and well-read and well-informed nurse, I learned of clear studies that established absurd levels of germage 1) being forced upward (into the air and the flusher’s face) from toilets when they are flushed, and 2) being blasted onto one’s hands and around the bathroom via high-powered air dryers (mostly because a rather high percentage of people do not wash their hands properly or thoroughly [naturally, Japan comes to mind, with the typical quick rinse of water onto the fingertips being as much as most women ever seemed to do]).
Crazy, it is.
And very unsurprising… as I mentioned, I had suspected as much.
It just reaffirms my desire to have toilets more like in Japan, where you wash your hands over the back of the toilet – dual flow toilets – as the faucet pours water into a basin that drains into the tank that holds the water in preparation for the next flush.
That way, you don’t get your dirty hands on the same surfaces where you brush your teeth.
These things I dream… haha 😛
P.S. I have been awake the past 19 and a half hours… Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!
Today is Valentine’s Day. And what did I do? Did I make personalized valentines, either digital or hard copy? Did I bring candies or sweets or something homemade for anyone? Did I do much of anything at all to celebrate the day? No. I 100% didn’t care about its being Valentine’s Day, and then worried about the fact that I somehow didn’t care. It’s just not me*.
And what did I actually do? I asked if someone would be able to replace me in two months, should I decide I needed to go ahead and leave my job at the end of the school year (four months earlier than the end of my contract).
And, you know what? I was terrified asking, I mentioned that in the asking, as well as my reasoning, and then, afterward, I suddenly feel a sense of liberation. A tightness has disappeared from my disposition. I don’t know what the response will be, but I asked. So now, I will have the choice to make for myself, being fully informed of options, as opposed to just rolling with the current terms of things, which I so utterly dislike. (I mostly just dislike the person I am being and am currently on a path to become.)
Anyway, here’s to new beginnings and speaking up and everything that we struggle with doing, but that is necessary for us to live with intention, power, and integrity. 🙂
*I, I know.
Update: She said no. No one can come replace me in April. So, now I know. Now I just have to look and see what I want to do with what’s in front of me! I think a lot of unreasonable requests are about to happen, so that I can find a way to make this all work. 🙂